East Riding College, Frederick Gough School and Wilberforce Sixth Form College have been through a rigorous assessment process and are delivering the Gold Standard support to help students to make the right choices to support career options.
The Gold Standard was put together put together by the Humber LEP, in association with the Deflog VQ Trust, for 11-19 schools, academies, colleges and providers in the Humber aligned to national criteria, to address employer feedback that potential future employees were not aware of the range of career choices available locally.
They are the first of 50 organisations working through the assessments to achieve the Gold Standard, which sees education providers assessed in eight set criteria, all culminating in delivering the best standard of impartial careers guidance to their young people.
Ofsted’s review of careers guidance ‘Going in the Right Direction’ (2013) highlighted that “it is vitally important that young people have access to good and realistic information and guidance about the full range of career pathways available to them”, however Ofsted evidence portrayed inadequate provision nationally.
It was also noted that regional careers advice was inconsistent. Employers reported that potential future employees were not only unaware of the range of career choices available locally but also that young people had often taken the wrong pathway in their skills and education developments, leading to a lack of funding when they eventually found the right pathway for them.
Andy Crossland, Employment and Skills Board, Humber LEP;
“Information Advice & Guidance (IAG) is essential in helping young people choose appropriate courses that lead to fulfilling careers. The Humber LEP congratulates all three organisations on gaining the prestigious Gold Standard, which signifies their commitment to delivering impartial and high quality IAG services”
The LEP has appointed C&K Careers to support schools and colleges to achieve the Humber Gold Standard. Sally Homer, from C&K comments, said:
“Achieving the Standard is not an easy process for providers, their provision of CEIAG is rigorously assessed by qualified assessors from C&K Careers against robust criteria that demonstrate the organisation provides its learners with an impartial and high quality programme of careers education information advice and guidance. Achievement of the Standard demonstrates an excellent standard of provision. C&K Careers would like to congratulate the first 3 institutions who have been successful in achieving the standard and will be supporting many more to achieve this high level of CEIAG provision”.
Jo Roche, from Frederick Gough School, said:
“We are absolutely delighted to have achieved the Humber Gold Standard.
The Standard provided a rigorous process which allowed us the opportunity to examine in depth our provision and to map this against the required criteria.
“It took a great deal of time to work through the self-assessment framework and to cross reference all of the evidence but it was incredibly interesting to look at this and helpful to identify areas for future development. We were aware that there was already a lot of good practice in our school and working towards the Gold Standard made us realise just how much, and that we really should be proud of all that we do to support our young people.”
The LEP website includes the publication of a participant register which indicates which schools, colleges and providers have met, or are working towards the standard to inform parental and learner choice.
Helen Wooldridge, Director of Learner Services, Planning and Diversity, at East Riding College, said: “We are fully committed to ensuring that young people and adults are provided with high quality information, advice and guidance that enables them to make well-informed decisions about their future. This achievement comes only weeks after the College was rated outstanding by Ofsted for students personal development, which includes the information, advice and guidance provided to them.
“I am delighted that our highly experienced guidance team has passed the very rigorous assessment process and secured the Gold Standard for East Riding College.”
The Gold Standard will also form useful evidence for schools and colleges during inspections as part of the Ofsted Common Inspection Framework.
David Cooper, Principal of Wilberforce Sixth Form College, said:
“This award is most important for what it says about the quality of support that young people receive in making key decisions about their future. It is certainly the case that young people need to make the most of their talents in securing the highest qualifications, and I think that’s something that we do particularly well at Wilberforce College.
“But it’s more than that in a fast changing world. Young people need to have a clear understanding of what they need to do to fulfil their ambitions, and develop the skills and qualities to succeed and thrive beyond college, and that’s what this Standard demonstrates of the highest standard at Wilberforce. The Standard states that the support and guidance Wilberforce students receive is outstanding. This is both in choosing their courses to match their ambitions, and then in presenting them to secure the most prestigious and fulfilling positions in employment and education. As the city and region enter upon a new phase of economic and cultural growth, this Standard confirms that the students at Wilberforce receive an outstanding quality of support and guidance that enables them to meet that challenge, and as Principal I am confident that our future is safe in their hands”.
The Humber Gold Standard is just one element of a significant piece of work the Humber LEP has led on by working in partnership with the four local authorities and local provider network to improve access to careers information to raise aspirations and inform resident’s choice. This innovative work has been recognised for its collaborative approach on a wider regional and national level with the LEP presenting the approach at the AOC national conference, South Yorkshire Principals Group and the Inside Government arena.